We’re praying for the people of Haiti. What a tragedy. They are one of the poorest nations in the world and the destruction from the earthquake must be devastating to them in every way imaginable. The images coming to us from Haiti are hard to imagine. Having been a journalist for 40 years I know that what we see on television is not as bad as seeing it in person. I’m so glad people from around the world are responding with help and supplies. It’s a great demonstration of compassion.
God is a compassionate God. He knows our troubles here on earth. He is well aware of how much in need we are … physically and spiritually.
“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” Psalm 86:15
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:35-37
“Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, ‘I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Matthew 15:32
God cares about everything in our lives, even the possibility that we will faint on the way.
God’s compassion reminds me of my life verse. It’s about telling others about the great compassion God has shown to you.
“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.’ And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” Mark 5:18-20
God wants us to be compassionate toward others. He wants us to treat each other with love, tenderness and courtesy.
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” 1 Peter 3:8
Keep praying for the people of Haiti. Do what God leads you to do to help them and all the people of our world who need the love of God.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,